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Blacker-Wood Manuscripts Collection

  • CA RBD BWMSS
  • Collection
  • 1800-1979

The collection consists primarily of manuscripts and typescripts of papers written on natural history topics, such as insects, birds, marine life, plants, and reptiles. Most of the documents concern the collection and cataloguing of specimens, and...

Joseph Crawhall Collection

  • CA RBD Bewick MS 011
  • Collection
  • 1774-1795; 1867-1889

Collection consists of Joseph Crawhall's correspondence, notes, memoranda, and manuscripts related to his research on engraver Thomas Bewick (1753-1828).

Crawhall, Joseph, 1821-1896

Gwillim Collection

  • CA RBD Gwillim
  • Collection
  • [between 1801 and 1807]

Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807

Herman Witsius Ryland Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 813
  • Collection
  • 1810-1815

This collection consists of letters to Sir James Craig and others on the subject of Lower Canada, 1810-1815.

Ryland, Herman Witsius, 1760-1838

Canadian Car and Foundry Company Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1080
  • Collection
  • 1910-1954

Collection contains primarily of 9 photograph albums containing 457 silver print photographs, and 4 printed items. It also includes records relating to Canadian railways and an export catalogue from the Canadian Car and Foundry Company.

Canadian Car and Foundry Company

John Colborne Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1089
  • Collection
  • 1837-1838

Three letters from Seaton relating to the Rebellion of 1837, including a letter to General Fitzroy Sommerset about the capture of St-Eustache.

Colborne, John, Sir, 1778-1863

Coppenrath Collection of Voyageur Contracts

  • CA RBD MSG 1108
  • Collection
  • approximately 1732-1821

The Coppenrath Collection of Voyageurs Contracts for the North West Company partners contains 52 contracts for the period from approximately 1800 to 1821. These document the terms of engagement for men going into the North West . Voyageur contract...

Jean Drapeau Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1144
  • Collection
  • 1950-1986

Collection consists of photograph albums and publications from Jean Drapeau's library related to significant events that occurred during his mandates as mayor of Montreal (1954 to 1957 and 1960 to 1986). Photograph albums, brochures, and publ...

Drapeau, Jean, 1916-1999

Curtis Family Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1145
  • Collection
  • 1830 - 1898

Collection consists of six account books dating from the 1830s to the 1860s, including ledgers and daybooks, used and kept primarily by Enoch Curtis for his leather tanning business. There are also some loose accounts and notes on small sheets of ...

Curtis, Enoch, 1805-1886

Saint Helen's Island Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1152
  • Collection
  • 1879; 1988

Collection consists of three items relating to Saint Helen's Island (Île Sainte-Hélène), located southeast of the Island of Montreal in the Saint Lawrence River. The items relate to the island's military installations, built as defenses ...

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